BOSTON - Boston Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney announced today, February 24, that the team has signed forward Lee Stempniak to a one-year contract through the remainder of the 2018-19 season worth an average annual value of $650,000. The team has placed Stempniak on waivers for purpose of assignment to Providence.
Stempniak has practiced periodically with the Bruins during the 2018-19 season and recently joined the Providence Bruins on a PTO. The 36-year-old winger has tallied two goals and two assists for four points in four AHL games with the club.
Stempniak has played 13 seasons in the NHL with 10 different teams. In 909 games played in his career, he has scored 203 goals and tallied 266 assists for 469 points. The 5-foot-11, 195-pound right-winger signed with the St. Louis Blues ahead of the 2005-06 season. His sophomore season in 2006-07 was the most prolific of his NHL career, scoring 27 goals and recording 52 points while playing on a line with David Backes and Jay McClement. He was traded to Toronto on November 24, 2008 for Alexander Steen and Carlo Colaiacovo. After two seasons with the Maple Leafs, Stempniak was sent to Arizona on March 3, 2010 in exchange for Matt Jones and the Coyotes' fourth (later traded to Washington - Capitals selected Philipp Grubauer) and seventh-round picks (later traded to Edmonton - Oilers selected Kellen Jones) in the 2010 NHL Draft. That month, he earned NHL Player of the Month honors for scoring 13 goals in 13 games. The following season he recorded 19 goals and 38 points in 82 games with the Coyotes before he was dealt to Calgary for Draymond Langkow in 2011. He spent almost three full seasons with the Flames before joining the Pittsburgh Penguins, New York Rangers, Winnipeg Jets and New Jersey Devils for short periods of time from 2014-16. The Boston Bruins acquired him from the Devils on February 29, 2016 for a 2016 fourth-round (Evan Cormier) and a 2017 second-round pick (later traded to San Jose - Sharks selected Mario Ferraro). He appeared in 13 games (three goals, seven assists) with the Bruins at the end of the 2015-16 season before spending the last two seasons with the Carolina Hurricanes. He has appeared in 28 playoff games in his career, scoring three goals and tallying three assists.
The Seneca, New York native was selected in the fifth round (148th overall) in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.